Steelers’ draft spots set, pending Brown trade

With the NFL's announcement of its compensatory picks for 2019, the draft order has now been set.

The Steelers, not surprisingly, were shut out in the compensatory process. So, pending the trade of Antonio Brown, for whom GM Kevin Colbert said he has received three inquiries since Wednesday, the team's draft order is set.

That leaves the Steelers with seven selections in the seven-round draft, for now. They are:

Round 1 (20)

Round 2 (52)

Round 3 (83)

Round 4 (115)

Round 6 (161)

Round 6 (179)

Round 7 (196)

The Steelers don't have a fifth-round selection after sending that pick to Oakland prior to last season for receiver Ryan Switzer and the Raiders' sixth-round pick. The difference in those selections is 18 picks.

The compensatory picks could have an effect on where Brown ends up. For example, the Redskins, who weren't considered to be a team in the market for Brown, were awarded four compensatory selections Friday, one each at the end of the third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.

That could entice the Redskins, who are starved for a receiving threat, to jump into the Brown sweepstakes.

Two other teams mentioned as possible landing spots for Brown -- Arizona and San Francisco -- also received compensatory selections, though all were in the sixth round or later.

The Cardinals got one sixth-round selection and three in the seventh round, while the 49ers received an extra sixth-round pick.

The NFL began permitting teams to trade compensatory selections last year.


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